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Call for Papers: Multiscale Modeling and Simulation: from Molecules to Cells to Organisms

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A special session on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of the thirteenth Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) will be held January 4-8, 2008, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Paper submissions are due on July 16, 2007. This special session is being co-organized by NIH National Center for Biomedical Computing (Simbios) and the NIH funded National Biomedical Computing Resource (NBCR). PSB brings together top researchers from North America, the Asian Pacific nations, Europe and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in all aspects of computational biology.

We are cordially inviting submissions of papers or abstracts that will address modeling activities focused on a particular system level (such as proteins, cells, tissues, organs, up to organisms) or encompassing multiple levels (across the length scale from nanometers for molecules to meters for human bodies, as well as across time scale from nano-seconds for molecular interactions to minutes, hours and years for human life). In order to better understand human physiology and to allow for predictive capabilities of disease prevention and treatment it is crucial to develop simulation systems that can operate at these scales.

Developing tools, techniques, algorithms, and mathematical theory to integrate modeling and simulation from the micro to the macro-scale is important in biocomputing. This session aims to foster the interactive environment for researchers working on different scales of biological problems, so that more collaborations and activities to bridge multi-scales will be initiated. Specifically, two aspects are emphasized in this session: physics-based modeling and simulation at individual different scales, as well as modeling and simulation for problems across scales. The topics will cover scales of molecules, cells, tissues, organs, up to organisms.

More on the session topics and submissions can be found at We hope that you or members of your team will submit a paper. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the co-chairs of the meeting.
Cochairs:  Jung-Chi Liao, Peter Arzberger, Roy Kerckhoffs, Anushka Michailova and Jeff Reinbolt

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